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PLU Students Host Forum to Determine Legislative Advocacy Agenda

Posted by: Date: February 10, 2015 In: , , , , ,
The Capitol of Washington State

By Evan Heringer '16
PLU Marketing & Communications

TACOMA, WASH. (Feb. 10, 2015)—A task force of Pacific Lutheran University students held an open forum on Feb. 9 to discuss an agenda regarding students’ positions on proposed bills in the Washington State Legislature.

The task force presented the results of a survey sent to the PLU student body on Jan. 21, which asked about their political interests and issues the student body should advocate.

The task force—Dan Stell ’15, Carly Brook ’15, Katerina Volosevych ’17, Caitlin Dawes ’16, Anne-Marie Falloria ’15 and Naomi Bess ’15—then selected one area of interest popular among the 308 students who responded to the survey and found corroborating bills that might be of interest to students. The popular areas of interest include environmental legislation, healthcare, wellness/community health, tax reform, higher education and minimum wage.

“We hope to provide a voice for the PLU student body to our legislators so they are informed of the passions of the people they are representing,” Stell said.

About 20 students attended and actively participated by posing questions about and discussing the bills.

Another online survey will be sent to the PLU student body in February to ask students to vote on which bills should be advocated on their behalf. In early March,  results of the survey will be made public through various campus media outlets, such as The Daily Flyer, The Mooring Mast and the Facebook accounts of the Resident Hall Association, ASPLU and PLU.

The task force will share PLU students’ priorities with members of the Washington State Legislature at the Breakfast of Legislatures in early March.